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Vanpooling: Save Time, Save Money

Ridesharing is a growing trend in both the US and the San Francisco Bay Area.

  • Save time using Express Lanes and HOV lanes
  • Save money on gas and parking
  • Reduce wear and tear on your personal vehicle
  • Work, read or nap on the way to work

Joining a Vanpool

We’ll pay half your costs for the first three months. To qualify, the vanpool must have a Contra Costa County origin or destination, and you cannot have been a member of a vanpool in the last six months or have claimed this benefit previously.

Find a Vanpool Headed Your Way:

  • Vanpooling: Seats Available shows regional vanpool routes with available seats.
  • Dial ‘511’ on your phone and say ‘Rideshare’ to receive a free, customized matchlist of vanpools going your way. Also, ask your employer about vanpools.

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For Current Vanpool Riders: If you recently joined a vanpool, apply for the Vanpool Passenger Incentive.

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Starting a New Vanpool

It’s easier than you think.

No special driver’s license is required, and 511 will help you lease a van, recruit passengers, get discounted parking permits, and access free bridge tolls.

To start a vanpool, you’ll need:

  • Register your vanpool with the 511 RideMatch Service
  • Find seven passengers (including the driver). 511 SF Bay will help you recruit passengers once you’ve registered your vanpool.
  • Complete the vanpool forms on 511 SF Bay’s Start Vanpool page
  • Find more tools for vanpool drivers at 511 SF Bay.

Vanpool Lease Rebates up to $2400

Start a new vanpool with a Contra Costa origin or destination and get up to $200 a month towards your lease payment for the first year!‡

‡While program funds last

Earn an Extra $1,000

Drivers who start a new vanpool and keep it on the road for at least one year could be eligible to receive a $1,000 cash bonus.* To apply, contact 511 Contra Costa directly at (925) 973-2650 or email damaral@511contracosta.org to receive a registration form.

* To qualify, the vanpool must have a Contra Costa County origin or destination, and you cannot have been a member of a vanpool in the last six months. You may only participate in this program one time.

Additional Information

For assistance with starting a vanpool, filling empty seats, financial incentives, or the pre-tax benefits for vanpooling, contact damaral@511contracosta.org.

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Page last updated May 23, 2018